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"Twilight" numbers decline after a blockbuster start

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" is waning at the box office but still has gotten off to a blockbuster start with $161 million in its first five days.

The third chapter in the vampire romance has fallen off sharply after debuting last Wednesday with $68.5 million.

That was the second-best opening-day haul ever, behind its predecessor, last year's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," which opened with $72.7 million.

From Friday to Sunday, "Eclipse" took in $69 million, a fraction more than it managed just on opening day.

Its total through Sunday came in well short of the $200 million mark set last year by "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," the record-holder for best five-day start for movies opening on Wednesday.

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